Rivers high, too windy to walk under tall trees, time to experiment with grass casting. Tools - a 12-1/2 switch rod, Scandi head, 12' leader and a bright pink tube fly. As previously blogged, roll casts were attempted.
Despite a nice big loop knot on the leader tip, the tube fly disappeared almost immediately. How can you lose a bright pink wad of marabou in the yard? I guess it will show up come spring. The wet grass doesn't provide a lot of friction, so line needs to be draped behind the caster rather gently. Followed by a really mild, deliberate start to the forward stroke. Think tip cast.
When you go for a more dynamic D-Loop, be careful not to throw too much line behind you. With just a little inertia on this slippery grass, the entire head wants to go into the D-Loop creating more of a "Belgian Cast" than spey cast. You want fly, leader and some head out in front of the caster.
Since water isn't holding the fly, leader and the usual sink tip down - as an anchor - a somewhat longer Scandi head was used. If you've got it, fine. If not, try your Skagit head and concentrate on the delicate "back cast" and initial load to keep some of it out in front of you. A bit to the outside, of course, as you must always do with your roll or spey cast to prevent the mid-air collision.
With grass practice you can make major strides on getting that tight loop muscle memory going. This prepares you to more or less intuitively make a nice cast after having positioned the fly and created a good D-Loop, both of which are the subject of the future posts.